Miners, journalists, artists … The “enemies of Ukraine” on a macabre site created in kyiv – RT in French

The Ukrainian NGO Myrotvorets has listed thousands of profiles on a site which it describes as “enemies of Ukraine”, and which it stamps with the mention “liquidated” in the event of death. French personalities, including journalists, are included.

September 4, 2022: it has been two days since the former French minister Ségolène Royal has been criticized from all sides for having denounced on BFM TV what she presented as Ukrainian war propaganda in the context of the ongoing military conflict. In a sharp silence with the politico-media rumble that targets her, the former presidential candidate of 2007, finds herself at the same time, and without knowing it, stuck on the website of a Ukrainian NGO called Myrotvorets center , to be translated into French as “peace center”.

macabre filing

A domain name all the more chilling as it designates a platform where certain files contain the mention “liquidated”: these are people listed on the Ukrainian site who have died in various circumstances.

While profiles qualified as “spies” are listed there, the Myrotvorets site is currently full of countless identities, among which we can even find those of minors.

Although some have already warned of the security risks associated with this platform, the Ukrainian NGO continues to file and publish its methods, without its methods having aroused Western media attention since the start of the military conflict in Ukraine. Thus, at the time when these lines are written, a search containing the word “Myrotvorets” on the AFP site will, for example, only provide a single searchable dispatch. This dates back to June 2019 and contains an occurrence of the NGO where it is simply described as a “group of activists” in the context of the international investigation into the crash of flight MH-17.

Myrotvorets calls for punishment of profiles designated as “enemies of Ukraine”

“Death to the Russian fascist invaders and occupiers!” is written on the sinister trombinoscope of disfigured corpses which, since May 2022, has occupied the “home” page of the Myrotvorets site. Just below is an illustration called “terrorrussia”, which depicts drops of blood covering a map of Russia. A scroll down and a publication dated back to February 23, 2022 (i.e. the day before the Russian military operation in Ukraine) appears, in which is announced a census of Ukrainian citizens accused of having been “in contact” with profiles described as enemies of kyiv: “It’s up to you to decide what you want to do with them”, explains the team of “peacemakers” to visitors to the site.

So many elements as an appetizer for the Internet user who visits this platform for the first time, which was put online in 2014, on the initiative of Anton Guerachenko who describes himself on social networks as “official enemy of Russian propaganda”. At the time, he quickly found a position in the very controversial Ukrainian transitional government, set up with the active support of the American administration, in the wake of Euromaidan (the name given to the pro-European demonstrations which shook the Ukrainian capital at the end of 2013). At that time already, Anton Gerashenko led a campaign in favor of the reinforcement of Ukrainian paramilitary forces such as the Azov battalion, then openly described as neo-Nazi even in the Western press.

Children, journalists or even artists: the “peacemakers” cast a wide net

Known for her multiple reports in the Donbass, where she notably made a documentary in 2016, the war reporter Anne-Laure Bonnel published a video on her YouTube channel on September 22 which testifies to the diversity of the profiles on Myrotvorets.

As RT France was able to verify, there are, for example, files for journalists Liseron Boudoul and Gilles Parrot, who carried out reports in the Donbass for TF1.

The first is accused of “cooperation with pro-Russian terrorist organizations” as well as “conscious violation of the Ukrainian state border in order to penetrate […] in the Donbas occupied by Russian-terrorist gangs”.

His colleague is for his part on file for “propaganda of Russian Nazism and fascism”, “participation in the special information operation of Russia (aggressor and terrorist country) against Ukraine”, or even “informational support for a fascist Russia’s open military attack on Ukraine”. Note that in addition to his date of birth, his passport number is also made public on the site.

Also mentioned in Anne-Laure Bonnel’s video is the case of the Italian independent photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli, killed on May 24, 2014 with his Russian fixer Andreï Mironov, on the outskirts of Slaviansk where they were reporting on the living conditions of civilians. Although the Italian courts initially found responsible and sentenced a commander of the Ukrainian army to 24 years in prison in this case, this decision was finally canceled in 2020. For their part, the managers of the Myrotvorets platform continue to this day to impute to the late Italian journalist a “conscious violation of the border of the Ukrainian State in order to penetrate […] in Donbass occupied by Russian-terrorist gangs” and to accuse his Russian fixer of “collaborating with pro-Russian militants and terrorists to create anti-Ukrainian propaganda material”.

On September 13, the American investigative site The Grayzone published an interview with Faina Savenkova, described as “a 13-year-old resident of the Republic of Lugansk [fichée sur Myrotvorets] after appealing to the United Nations for an end to the war she has been living since 2014”.

While the underage girl testifies during the interview about her experience, she notably mentions online threats she has received. She also claims that many other children of her age have been assigned a file on the platform.

Notably, observers have been able to note the filing on the site of personalities from the world of culture such as the French actor Gérard Depardieu or the songwriter Roger Waters, co-founder of the group Pink Floyd.

The profile of the famous French actor seems to have been created in August 2015 when he was banned from entering Ukraine (decreed by kyiv because of his remarks at the time about Ukraine belonging to Russia), while that of the British progressive rock star was added in August 2018, and includes several charges such as “anti-Ukrainian propaganda” or “attempts to undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine”. .

Mélenchon, Royal, Le Pen, Zemmour… Part of the French political class on file

Several French politicians have also been awarded cards because of some of their positions on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Thus, the leader of La France insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon is accused of having perpetrated “anti-Ukrainian propaganda” and of having “justified Russian aggression”. His political rival Marine Le Pen is accused of “attempting to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and “spreading Kremlin propaganda”. Pseudo-grievances of the same kind are attributed to his niece Marion Maréchal. For his part, the leader of Reconquête!, Eric Zemmour, is also accused of “anti-Ukrainian propaganda”.

Also in the sights of Myrotvorets: François Asselineau, founding president of the UPR. He is notably accused of having gone to Sevastopol in 2014, “with his assistants”. Accusing the politician of “conscious violation of the border of Ukraine”, the platform made public some of his personal details, including a mobile phone number.

Moreover, as mentioned above, the former French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal, more recently joined the club of files, after remarks made during a television intervention on BFM TV on September 1st. Among the multiple allegations against her is the strange motive: “participation in acts of humanitarian aggression against Ukraine.”

Several initiatives to alert to the danger of such filing

Despite the lack of media attention it received in France when it was published, a report by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) warned in 2018 of “an attack on the security of persons” relating to the activity of the Myrotvorets site.

Ofpra recalls in particular that the platform published in 2015 detailed information relating to various personalities opposed to the Ukrainian government, including three former members of Parliament (Alexander Peklushenko, Mikhail Chechetov and Oleg Kalashnikov) and Oles Bouzina, a Ukrainian journalist from ‘opposition. “Within a few months, all four are killed or commit suicide in a suspicious way”, noted then the French public institute.

The same year, the German government assured for its part that it had in the past “urged the Ukrainian government to work towards the removal of this website”. In response, kyiv defended itself by explaining that the site in question was running on a foreign server. And for good reason, since its creation in kyiv in 2014, the organization mentions on its site accommodation across the Atlantic, more precisely in the territory of Langley, which houses the headquarters of the CIA.

This exchange between the two diplomats followed the filing on Myrotvorets of Gerhard Schröder, then chairman of the supervisory board of the Russian oil company Rosneft. At the time, the German press claimed that the platform in question was directly linked to the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior.

More recently, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Security Council, Vasily Nebenzia, linked the murder of Russian national Daria Duguina to the online activity of Myrotvorets. “Here is the photo [de Daria Douguina] taken from the infamous site “Myrotvorets”, which we have talked about several times. They openly rejoice in his death, as you can see, the photo of Daria is crossed out with the inscription “exterminated”, thus challenged his peers the senior Russian diplomat, on August 23, during a meeting of the Council UN security.


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